On Saturday, the Seattle Seahawks made an offseason move that sparked plenty of conversation not just in the PNW, but league-wide.
The Seahawks traded safety Bradley McDougald, a 2021 first round draft pick, a 2022 first round draft pick and a 2021 third round draft pick for New York Jets Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams and a 2022 fourth round pick.
There were no hard feelings from the two safeties, just business. Each wishing the other the best on their new teams.
Now that the Seahawks are fulfilling quarterback Russell Wilson’s wishes of bringing more superstars to Seattle, there is still perhaps a missing piece to the puzzle: What to do with Jadeveon Clowney?
The Seahawks and the Pro Bowl defensive end have yet to reach an agreement on a potential new contract to keep the six-year veteran in the Emerald City. That is, if he wants to stay…
McDougald posted what looks to be a FaceTime video with Clowney saying for the Jets “to come get him.”
Here’s what our Seahawks Insider Joe Fann had to say about the blockbuster trade and what it means for Clowney:
There’s no doubt that the overall quality and depth of the Seahawks defense is vastly improved. He’d surely benefit from the team’s offseason acquisitions, namely the addition of another superstar in Adams. Clowney is destined to sign a one-year deal, and it’s hard to imagine another destination offering him a chance to maximize his value for 2021 like Seattle would. He knows the defense, he knows the coaching staff, he knows the locker room and now he’d have a better supporting cast.
Following the Adams deal, the Seahawks have about $14 million in cap space. That might not be enough to sign Clowney, given some of that is saved for IR replacements and practice squad players, but Seattle could get creative and free up additional space if they could get a deal done with the star pass rusher.
However, one day after trading for Adams, the Seahawks released center Joey Hunt and defensive lineman Branden Jackson which saves them about $4.26 million and gives the team about $18.7 million in total cap space for the 2020 season.
Then, offensive lineman Chance Warmack decided to opt-out due to COVID-19 which releases an additional $750k in cap space, increasing the total to about $19.45 million.
Additionally, Jamal Adams has also taken to Twitter to recruit the former first overall pick, who reportedly recently lowered his asking price from $20M to somewhere in the $17M range.
Also, here is what doesn't make sense about wanting the Jets to sign Clowney: He wants to play for a contender. So does he think the Jets are the organization to do just that?
We will soon find out...